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Janurary Plants; Which are the easiest?

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 16:52

I'm not planting anything at the moment - but in other years I've planted raspberry canes in January/February, bare root roses and bare root fruit trees and bushes.

As long as the soil's not waterlogged or frozen they can be planted now.

Winterwatch BBC2

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 16:21

Thankfully we can record several progs at once - but if I had to miss one it'd be Silent Witness - there'll be another one along in a minute - or next week at any rate. 

Please help me choose a container for honeysuckle

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 16:17

I'd go for the biggest - it looks like the fourth down.  I wouldn't use a metal one (is the top one metal?) as it would heat up and honeysuckle like their roots to be cool. 

Whichever one you use I'd line the insides with a good thick wad of newspaper before putting the compost in as even more insulation against the roots being heated by the walls of the pot if it gets too warm. 

I'd also plant your honeysuckle plant straight into your big tub as if it was going into the ground, not into a smaller pot first.

As honeysuckle are woodland plants  I'd use a mixture of John Innes No 3 loam based potting medium and I'd add some leafmould to that.  I'd I'd also add some of the water retentive granules v  to help ensure that the roots don't dry out as this will make the plant susceptible to powdery mildew.

I don't know 'Princess Kate' as it's fairly newly introduced, but it looks like a good one - if you choose that one (and I hope you do ) let us know how you get on

Good luck

Should I plant conifers now (Mid Jan) or wait for it to warm up

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 15:29

If the trees are being planted in a particularly windy spot it might be a good idea to shield them with some windbreak mesh for their first year or so to give them a chance to grow away strongly. 

Something like this on some sturdy posts will protect them from the prevailing winds.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 14:12
Clarington wrote (see)

.... because I'm seeing on Twitter people planting their tomatoes and chillies...

That might be because they're Twits???


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 13:36

Panda - get checked out!!!


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 13:35

Frank - WUM was a first-time poster who's obviously lurked here for a while and thought he'd try to stir up some trouble.  Mods removed his post as soon as they got to work


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 13:33
David K wrote (see)

Not sure it's WUMs we should worry about....according to The Andrew Marr show yesterday, terrorists are using gardening websites (among others) to spread the word.  

That might explain a lot Just as well most gardeners aren't that gullible

Should I plant conifers now (Mid Jan) or wait for it to warm up

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 13:00

Pot-grown trees can be planted at any time of the year providing the ground isn't frozen at the time of planting.

However, conifers can catch the wind and are difficult to stake effectively - for this reason I'd suggest waiting until late spring, after the worst of the March winds are over.  That way the roots can get growing and start to anchor the tree before the autumn gales! 


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 12:56

Well, BBC weatherman Peter Gibbs hosts GQT from time to time, so the precedent has been set .... you never know your luck Salino

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